South Coast Behavioral Health offers traditional, evidence-based therapies and integrative healing methods to provide a holistic treatment experience.

Addiction is a physical, emotional, and spiritual wound that impacts the lives of people across the United States and around the globe. At South Coast, we offer person centered therapy and a unique approach to substance abuse treatment that combines traditional and holistic healing methods to help individuals recover from addiction. Here’s a look at how different treatment options can assist in the treatment of drug and alcohol use disorders.

Traditional Addiction Therapy Approaches

Individual Therapy

Within an individual therapy session, you will work one-on-one with your primary therapist to explore your thoughts and feelings related to your addiction. During these confidential sessions, your counselor will assist you in identifying any underlying issues that contribute to your substance use disorder. Within a safe, judgment-free space, you learn to replace unhealthy thoughts and behaviors with positive, healthy alternatives. Individual counseling helps you to gain insight into your behaviors and create a plan of action for long-term recovery.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which you and other clients will meet regularly with a trained therapist to discuss issues related to addiction and recovery. During group counseling, you can share your experiences, offer support to others, and gain insights from other perspectives. Group sessions also provide an opportunity for you to build trust and foster a sense of community among peers with similar experiences. These therapy sessions are often a powerful part of the recovery process and can provide emotional support.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is another important component of addiction treatment at South Coast Behavior Health. Counseling can help families develop a better understanding of the struggles that the individual may be facing. These sessions also provide family members with tools to support their loved ones in recovery. In general, the goal of family therapy is to restore the connection between members and create an environment where everyone feels supported and heard. This helps to create a safe space for family members to share their feelings and heal.

South Coast also provides you with individualized treatment plans that will act as a guide for the clinical work you will do through counseling services. Throughout our programs, you will engage in recovery options that are customized to help you reach your personal recovery goals during treatment.

Our Person-Centered Therapy Approach

At South Coast Behavioral Health, we believe that personalized treatment is essential for successful recovery. For this reason, South Coast provides a wide range of therapeutic offerings, all of which are focused on our person-centered approach to therapy. By individualizing our clinical services, we are capable of meeting each client’s personal needs and goals during treatment for substance abuse.

Our therapists and counselors work closely with you to identify the underlying issues that can trigger addictive behaviors. During one-on-one therapy and group sessions, you will work with our certified therapists who specialize in a variety of therapy types for addiction recovery, such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). As you participate in therapy, you can create lasting change that help you achieve your goals in life and recovery.


Building Trust and Life Skills in Therapy

At South Coast Behavioral Health, we believe that peer support is essential for lasting recovery from addiction. To that end, we offer skill-building groups to assist our clients in developing the necessary life skills they will need to sustain long-term sobriety. Group therapy provides an opportunity for you to connect with others in recovery through shared experiences and struggles.

Sessions include small personalized groups which focus on building skills that assist in emotional processing, reflecting and growing from what you are learning, building trust, and forming meaningful relationships. As clients engage in group activities, they also gain insight into their own behaviors as well as the actions of others around them. 

Evidence-based Therapies at South Coast

While in treatment at South Coast, your specific treatment plan will be individualized to address your clinical needs as well as your preferences, goals, and life experiences. To help you heal from addiction, we provide evidence-based treatment like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT),  and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). We value time-tested therapeutic approaches that have been proven to help people recover from addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders.

For this reason, our evidence-based therapies include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps you identify the link between unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. Your CBT therapist will teach you to recognize core beliefs that feed dysfunctional thinking patterns, healthy ways to challenge unwanted thoughts, and how to replace them with healthier alternatives.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

An offspring of CBT, dialectical behavior therapy teaches you skills and strategies for recovery like mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT focuses on the present moment by teaching an array of healthy coping skills.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a treatment designed to alleviate the distress resulting from trauma and PTSD symptoms. An EDMR therapist uses bilateral stimulation of your eyes or tapping techniques to help you reprocess trauma in a relaxing and healthy and more empowering way.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) draws on CBT and mindfulness to help you recognize and accept difficult feelings and thoughts instead of trying to avoid them. In ACT sessions, you will come to view challenging situations as a part of life and not something to be feared. You also learn to identify your core values and incorporate them into your daily life routine.

Problem-Solving Therapy

Problem-solving therapy uses cognitive-behavioral intervention techniques to help you develop healthier ways to cope with stress. This form of therapy also helps you learn how to manage your emotions during stressful situations. During these groups, you will learn how to decrease your emotional distress and increase your problem-solving abilities to find solutions and promote change in your life.

Family Systems Therapy

Family systems therapy defines a family as an interconnected system. If one member is struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues, the entire unit is impacted. This therapy helps each member understand their role in unhealthy attachment and how to practice healthier forms of communication, boundaries, and problem-solving.


Psychoeducation groups teach you about the consequences of substance abuse and mental health disorders. When you understand your condition, you can manage your symptoms, triggers, and cravings. These groups instill self-awareness, personal growth, and lasting change while developing your understanding of addiction, treatment, and recovery.

Life Skills Training

Within treatment, you’ll receive daily assistance and training in life skills that enable your full participation in everyday life. For instance, employment-related skill-building may include job readiness skills, resume building, and interview preparation. Additional life skills include budgeting, stress management, accountability, interpersonal, and communication.

Support Groups

Peer-run support groups can provide support, unconditional acceptance, and accountability in sobriety. In fact, twelve-step groups often serve as a “home base” for those in recovery. We will introduce you to the 12 Steps as well as SMART Recovery and other alternatives to the 12 Steps. Attending these types of groups after treatment is important for relapse prevention.

Recovery doesn’t just take place on a conceptual basis. You must also learn to land in your body again, feel your emotions, and heal from the inside out. Recognizing the indisputable connection between body and mind, our highly credentialed staff uses an integrative, person-centered approach to treatment. We draw on traditional, evidence-based treatment as well as holistic approaches like yoga, psychodrama, and expressive art therapy.

Re-establishing a sense of safety

South Coast Behavioral Health policies and procedures assist us in implementing trauma-informed care that upholds our high standards for treatment. In doing so, our clients are able to reestablish their sense of safety here at South Coast. 

Trauma-Informed Care

Our trauma-informed therapy offerings can help you cope with unwanted symptoms of addiction and trauma. As a result, you will begin to rebuild your trust in emotions, behaviors, thoughts, and relationships. At South Coast, we provide trauma-informed care during each of our treatment programs through the Seeking Safety curriculum.

Cultivating Safety

Throughout treatment, clients engage in compassionate interactions with staff as a form of consistent reassurance that they are truly safe in our care. Clients also experience this within our peer groups during team-building activities, trust-building exercises, and respectful therapy discussions. 

Seeking Safety Curriculum

To address the connection between addiction and trauma, Seeking Safety draws on 25 treatment topics with themes. These themes cover topics such as interpersonal communication, cognitive impairment, and behavioral issues. Our clinicians use Seeking Safety guidelines to emphasize addiction and trauma education, grounding tools, and coping skills.

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Therapies for Emotional Processing

We offer other therapy types that are more involved, hands-on, and interactive. These therapy types work extremely well for individuals who have a hard time simply talking about their feelings and benefit more from a participative approach. 

Treatment for emotional processing include:

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy uses a variety of expressive tools and activities to reenact and process situations from the past and present. Often, groups discuss grief, loss, relationship issues, and stress management. As a blend of process therapies and hands-on activities, groups also include therapeutic interventions that use journaling, art, and music.


Through dramatic play, clients are often able to access deeper emotions, become unstuck, forgive, heal, and practice ways of dealing with difficult situations or feelings in the future. Psychodrama involves role-playing with other group members and psychodrama instructors to combat avoidant behaviors and alleviate symptoms of anxiety.​

Our Addiction Therapy Services in Orange County, California

South Coast offers a full continuum of care that includes sub-acute detox services, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient. We are a culturally sensitive, evidence-based treatment center that blends traditional and holistic approaches to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds of addiction.

We believe that by providing a wide range of therapies, we can meet the needs of each client. At South Coast Behavioral Health in Orange County, California, you can expect a variety of addiction treatment methods. South Coast is a part of the Aliya Health Group network of treatment centers.  

We provide two key formats for therapy sessions:

Within these two formats, we present a variety of therapy types and methods that have been thoroughly studied and have been proven effective.

Our therapy types offered at South Coast:

Behavioral therapies:

Recovery-sensitive therapies:

Expressive therapies:

Individualized counseling:

Group therapies:

Family systems therapy:

Trauma-focused therapies:

Holistic therapy services:

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